I love it when the leaves change color and when the weather cools and, call me crazy, I always loved going back to school. Granted, the love for school usually only lasted for about a week or two, but I was always excited to go back. Yep, if there are going to be changes in my life, fall is the time I welcome them, which is good seeing as there’s quite a bit changing for me.
Today, I walked my youngest down to school and said goodbye to him for the very first time. I’ve been a stay-at-home mom since my oldest was born, and I’d walked him down and said goodbye for the first time four years ago. But today is different. Today is the first time in nine years I’ve had a quiet house for more than just a couple hours at a time. And, I must admit, it’s a rather liberating feeling.
Also changing for me right now—genres. I just finished and submitted the follow-up to Dragonborne so now I’m back in Ink’s world writing Nikki’s story. She’s Izzy’s sister and the reason I made up the world. I actually started with Nikki and Isaac before Izzy, but was a little side-tracked when I realized what a fantastic person Izzy was. Not that I regret the diversion, but it is nice to get back to the original story. It delves more into the world Nikki and Izzy should’ve been raise in and deals with the magic and the corruption that was touched on in Ink. So it’s been quite a switch from the political-strategic tone I’ve been writing for the past couple of months.
I love fantasy and it will always be near and dear to my heart but this, this is better. I love how dark you can get in paranormal. Though everything I write tends to be a little on the dark side, Nikki’s story is the darkest I’ve written. And the reason I love that so much is because it makes the rays of light that much brighter. When you live in a world of corruption, it makes those who aren’t that much more special. And when you’re surrounded by cowards, it makes selfless and heroic actions that much more dear. And those characters are always fun to write.
What about you? Do you have a favorite season? A favorite genre? Are you going through a period of change right now?